#SaveTheDate Berlin! TENSOR is a new art installation by German light artist Christopher Bauder and British musician and composer Akiko Haruna. The large-scale outdoor sculpture will be shown at DARK MATTER from 26.05.-02.09., always starting at sunset as part of SOMMERLIGHTS 2023. The work is inspired by the mathematical term “tensor,” which describes a function that relates different objects in a multidimensional space.
What would it be like to explore a new world? A place where nothing is familiar, where everything is a mystery, where the laws of physics are different? A planet is full of strange phenomena made out of light and sound. TENSOR is a living artwork, changing shape, colour and frequency with every moment. Beautiful and mesmerizing, but also unpredictable and frightening. It feels like a dream or a nightmare, depending on the situation. TENSOR marks a journey into the unknown, where you can see, hear and feel the unexpected. It is a technological adventure that challenges the senses and the mind.
A three-dimensional cloud of 400 suspended lights floats above the audience, creating a mesmerizing visual spectacle. Akiko Haruna’s musical score amplifies the light show, blending cinematic sound design, electronic music and powerful sonic landscapes. TENSOR is a poetic expression of technology, an instrument for transforming data into beauty and emotion. Ultimately, light and darkness are fundamental elements of our existence, affecting our biological rhythms, our sense of time and space, and our mood and well-being.
Christopher Bauder is a German artist and designer who creates large-scale art installations and performances to explore the effects of light and sound on human perception and emotion.
After studying media arts at the Berlin University of the Arts, he founded the interdisciplinary studio WHITEvoid in 2004. There he collaborates with an international team in the fields of architecture, design, software and engineering. Christopher Bauder has shown his installations and performances in art spaces and events around the world, including Centre Pompidou in Paris, MUTEK Festival in Montreal, Fete des Lumieres in Lyon, National Museum of Fine Arts in Taiwan, National Centre for the Performing Arts in Beijing. He is best known for his citywide light art installation “LICHTGRENZE”, which he created with his brother Marc in 2014 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.
Akiko Haruna is a producer, vocalist and performer who manipulates high-voltage sounds into cathartic rhythms. With a background in experimental dance and fluency in mixed-media composition, they bend and break sonic disciplines with euphoria and poise.
Their boundary-pushing productions of raucous pop and club-ready percussion, dense electronics and expansive soundscapes marry the world of dance music and elastic sound design with emotional meditations on gender, race and heritage.
Debut EP ‘Be Little Me’, which they wrote, recorded, produced, and mixed, was released on Numbers in late 2021, following previous releases on labels including Timedance and Where To Now? Records.